This is one of the delightful soft clump forming Bamboos which likes to grow in shade. I have used it here in planter boxes which are open at the bottom to allow for expansion of the root system and better growth. It is ideal for spots between buildings which are narrow and sun-less for most of the year. This species grows to about 4 metres and is tolerant of cold down to about minus 10C. Bamboos like adequate water and respond to fertilizer in spring and summer.